- Your goal is to keep air away from your food and keep the moisture in.
- If you're freezing cooked food, you want to leave it on the counter until room temperature, sit it in the fridge for a few hours, and then freeze it.
- Freeze your foods at their peek. If you anticipate not using a portion of something, freeze it while it's fresh to preserve it.
- If you are to reheat something after freezing, freeze it when it's slightly undercooked
- Label, label, label!
|Granola Bars! Individually wrapped in saran wrap and then stashed in a freezer bag.|
The science behind why it works:
A freezer preserves food for extended periods by slowing the movement of molecules, causing microbes to ender a dormant stage. This prevents growth of microorganisms that cause food spoilage and food born illness.
|Veggies, veggies, veggies!|
There are 3 (and only three) safe ways to thaw things:
1. in the fridge
2. in cold water
3. in the microwave
*otherwise, your food will be unsafe to eat. This includes but is not limited to plopping it on the counter.
|Meatballs (uncooked), shrimp, chicken, turkey = meat section|
-When you stuff your freezer to the brim, it will be easy to forget what everything is and where it is. I tend to keep my like items together. I have a carb corner, a stack of meat, all the veggies together, and a stack of soup. I tend to keep things that I grab on a daily basis (like granola bars) in the door. I label everything with the following information and it makes it so extremely easy.
- Description of contents
- Date you made or bought
- Date you need to eat by
- Calorie count
- How many servings per container
|Yes, I have a carb corner... pancakes, 1/2 a loaf of bread, and chocolate chip muffins.|
Tips and Tricks:
- crack eggs, whip together, and freeze in ice cube trays. 2 Cubes = 1 large egg
- freeze soups in muffin tins. About two is a 1 cup serving.
- flash freeze items on a cookie sheet (like pancakes) before freezing in one container to prevent sticking.
|Soup! I store it three ways: in bags, in muffin tins, and in plastic containers.|
You can freeze practically anything.
- milk (I freeze buttermilk all the time)
- bread: muffins, pancakes, cupcakes (unfrosted ;) )
Things that do not freeze well:
-food in cans
-eggs in shells
I could go on and on. I'm pretty much in love with my freezer. More tips to come, but in the meantime happy freezing!
- xoxo, Aysley
- xoxo, Aysley